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Old 01-28-2011, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default $352.91 - Custom Built For Nice Home Computing

What do you think?





EVGA 01G-P3-N959-TR GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 1GB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Support, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support at TigerDirect.com
Price: $69.99




(x2) Transcend 2048MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz Memory at TigerDirect.com
Price: $34.99...$69.98 For Both




Western Digital WD3200AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 320GB, 3.5, 7200RPM, 16MB, SATA-300 (OEM) at TigerDirect.com
Price: $39.99




Masscool 5W1081F1M3 CPU Fan - Socket 754, AM2+, AM2, 939, 940 at TigerDirect.com
Price: $19.99




Asus DRW-24B1ST 24X Internal DVD Burner - DVD±R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD±R (DL) 12X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, CD-RW 32X, SATA, 2MB, Black, OEM at TigerDirect.com
Price: $19.99




ECS A740GM-M Motherboard and AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Dual Core Process Bundle at TigerDirect.com
Price: $69.99 (Processor 2.8Ghz Dual Core)




Diablotek PSDA600 DA Series 600W Power Supply - ATX, 600 Watts, 2x 80mm Fans at TigerDirect.com
Price: $29.99


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Diablotek CPA-LP1001-BS-A ATX Mid Tower Case - Window, ATX, Micro ATX, 4 External 5.25 Bay Drives, External 3.5 Bay Drive, 7 Internal 3.5 Bay Drives, Blue LED Fan, 2x USB Ports, Black at TigerDirect.com
Price: $19.99


Total Price: $352.91 (shipping not calculated)

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Also, get a few SATA Power adapters. XD

You probably will need to buy some SATA Power adapters
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:25 PM   #2
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you can get a decent Athlon 250/4 gb Ram/ 5750 / 500gb hard drive for this price
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:35 PM   #3
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$70 for a 9500 GT is a total rip. Here are cards I recommend:

Newegg.com - PowerColor AX4830 512MD3 Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Newegg.com - Open Box: PowerColor AX4830 512MD3 Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card <- Epic open box deal. Buy it ASAP if it's what you want.

Newegg.com - Palit NE39800TFHD52 GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

All these cards perform about the same, so go with whichever one you prefer. Also, Diablotek PSUs are trash. Spend a bit more for something decent. Here's one I recommend. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-033-_-Product It's only 380 watts, but that is plenty for any midrange single card system.

EDIT: Oh, one more thing. Look for a better mobo. ECS boards are not good. I've owned three of them, and all three failed on me within a year. RMA was a total nightmare. I recommend ASUS, ASrock, MSI, and GIGABYTE.

2EDIT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-219-_-Product <- Cheaper RAM
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:07 AM   #4
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^ i second the recommendation for ASUS boards.

ASUS gpus arent bad either, and i personally think that you get more bang for your buck with ATI gpus.
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:34 PM   #5
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If you aren't gaming and only watching videos and using your computer for "general use" (internet browsing, music etc), I wouldn't put a graphics card in the build at all.

Also, change that PSU, Diablotek are just awful, change the memory, you can get much higher quality and higher capacity in your price range, change the mobo, ECS are appauling quality,

For your $350:

Mobo: Newegg.com - MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX

Memory: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB &#40;2 x 1GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 &#40;PC3 10600&#41; Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-2GBNQ

Hard Drive: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ&#47;U 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb&#47;s 3.5&#34; Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146059

PSU: Newegg.com - Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 &#47; EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Optical Drive: Newegg.com - LG Black 22X DVD&#43;R 8X DVD&#43;RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD&#177;RW SuperMulti Drive - CD / DVD Burners

You are getting:

A better CPU
Better motherboard with scope for upgrading later
Same capacity but much faster hard drive
More memory and better quality memory
Better Case
Better Power Supply

If you need a dedicated graphics card, drop to an Athlon II x2, either Samsung F3 instead, or Caviar Blue and to a cheaper case, but bare in mind that the case is not only an excellent case for the price, but it also has free shiping, saving you ~$10 on that alone. That will give you enough for a decent low-mid range card
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:52 AM   #6
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Also, if you want to keep your cash, you can remove the 3rd party cooler; the stock cooler does the job very well
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Also, if you want to keep your cash, you can remove the 3rd party cooler; the stock cooler does the job very well
The stock cooler would probably be doing better than that cooler would be, especially if he went AM3, the AM3 cooler is, for a stock cooler, incredible
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If you aren't gaming and only watching videos and using your computer for "general use" (internet browsing, music etc), I wouldn't put a graphics card in the build at all.

Also, change that PSU, Diablotek are just awful, change the memory, you can get much higher quality and higher capacity in your price range, change the mobo, ECS are appauling quality,

For your $350:

Mobo: Newegg.com - MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX

Memory: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB &#40;2 x 1GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 &#40;PC3 10600&#41; Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-2GBNQ

Hard Drive: Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ&#47;U 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb&#47;s 3.5&#34; Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case: Newegg.com - Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 &#47; EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Optical Drive: Newegg.com - LG Black 22X DVD&#43;R 8X DVD&#43;RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD&#177;RW SuperMulti Drive - CD / DVD Burners

You are getting:

A better CPU
Better motherboard with scope for upgrading later
Same capacity but much faster hard drive
More memory and better quality memory
Better Case
Better Power Supply

If you need a dedicated graphics card, drop to an Athlon II x2, either Samsung F3 instead, or Caviar Blue and to a cheaper case, but bare in mind that the case is not only an excellent case for the price, but it also has free shiping, saving you ~$10 on that alone. That will give you enough for a decent low-mid range card
That bold area...Good luck fitting all the stuff in a PSU

As for the case, I guess he could keep the one he wants, if he likes the case.
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That bold area...Good luck fitting all the stuff in a PSU

As for the case, I guess he could keep the one he wants, if he likes the case.
@bold what?
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:28 PM   #10
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Sorry, looks like without coffee, I can't write too well.
What I mean is the line that I made bold, like in the quote above, it mentions a Case, but in fact, it is a PSU
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